Authors: Christine Feehan
I always knew I would write Savage’s story. He had been calling to me for a very long time, and my heart broke for him because he was so lost. What I didn’t know was that I would be sharing his story—and ultimately two stories—with you. Most of my longtime readers are aware that Savage is a sexual sadist. I did so much research and spoke with two counselors who helped me try to understand what happens to children who are victimized for extended periods of time by pedophiles or traffickers. I knew there was no changing what Savage was, no miraculous cure for the pain caused during his childhood. For me, that made the heartbreak worse, because it meant he knew it as well. I began to write his story just to get it out of my head and to give him a happy ending, or one I could live with.
I began receiving hundreds of letters asking for Savage’s story, and once that started, it was like a dam had broken or there was a conspiracy. The letters poured in. In my community, I asked why readers, knowing he was a sadist, would want his story. I pointed out it wouldn’t be a fairy tale, because I must share the reality of what the characters’ lives would be like. I appreciated the honest answers and was convinced to share his story.
My solution is to give you Savage’s story in two stand-alone books. The first,
, tells the story of his meeting Seychelle and falling in love. There is very little in it to trigger readers who have read the Torpedo Ink series and know the stories are raw and edgy. The story is complete and will satisfy the reader. The second book,
, comes immediately following in January 2022: it follows Seychelle and Savage’s journey both physically and, more importantly, emotionally. As always, club business will be shown in both books, but there is no important information a reader will miss if they choose not to read
. There are elements of
that some readers may find triggering,
as the book deals specifically with Savage’s sexual proclivities. Both books are intense, emotional and the story of two people in love in a heartbreaking situation. I loved the characters and their stories and found them to be courageous in so many ways.
I truly hope you love them too, whether you choose to read one or both of the stories of their journey together.
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Magic in the Wind
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(with Emma Holly, Sabrina Jeffries, and Elda Minger)
(with Fiona Brand, Katherine Sutcliffe, and Eileen Wilks)
(with Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly, and Angela Knight)
Magic in the Wind
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A JOVE BOOK
Published by Berkley
An imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Copyright © 2021 by Christine Feehan
copyright © 2021 by Christine Feehan
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For all the readers who wrote to me and asked me for his story so many times. For the ones who took the time to answer my questions on my wall in my community. You said he needed a happy ending. You were right, and it took more than one book to do it!
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As in any book, there are so many people to thank. Brian for competing with me during power hours. Leslee for encouraging me over and over when I didn’t think I could do it. Domini for always editing, no matter how many times I ask her to go over the same book before we send it for additional editing. I really couldn’t have done this book without you. You were amazing hanging in there with me for this one and talking out every problem. Denise for staying up nights and letting me write while she did the brunt of the business I never want to do. I can’t thank you
Viktor Prakenskii aka
Lyov Russak aka
Savva Pajari aka
—Sergeant at Arms
Savin Pajari aka
—Sergeant at Arms
Isaak Koval aka
Dmitry Koval aka
Alena Koval aka
Luca Litvin aka
Maksimos Korsak aka
Kasimir Popov aka
Lana Popov aka
Nikolaos Bolotan aka
Pytor Bolotan aka
Andrii Federoff aka
Gedeon Lazaroff aka
Kir Vasiliev aka
Lazar Alexeev aka
Aleksei Solokov aka
Rurik Volkov aka
Viktor (Czar), Gavriil and Casimir
Reaper and Savage
Mechanic and Transporter
Ice, Storm and Alena (Torch)
Preacher and Lana (Widow)
Czar heads Team One
Reaper, Savage, Ice, Storm, Transporter, Alena, Absinthe, Mechanic, Destroyer
Steele heads Team Two
Keys, Master, Player, Maestro, Lana, Preacher, Ink, Code
Blythe, Lissa, Lexi, Anya, Breezy, Soleil, Scarlet,